12"x16" Acrylic on Canvas
This painting shows a young adult at a crossroad picking between two paths in life. On the left side, there are koi fish swimming towards the top of the painting. Koi fish symbolizes high goals for success and perseverance, as the old folktale describes a koi battling with the strong currents to reach the top of the falls because it wanted to achieve what it had set out to do. In the painting, the young adult is told by the koi that if he works hard towards his goals with determination then he will be greatly rewarded in the end. On the right side where the young adult is directing his flashlight, there are demons luring him on a darker path. The demons tempt the young adult with bright colors and extravagance, which symbolize instant gratification. This painting represents the life lesson that although instant gratification may be more tempting in the moment than hard work, it may not always be the ‘right’ choice in the long run. In life, it is vital to learn how to overcome obstacles and be perseverant. Do not settle for the simple and effortless route, rather choose the road less travelled and be brave.